Otitis Externa – Swimmer’s Ear
Figure 2: Photograph of the external ear demonstrating crusting and flaking at the entrance of the external ear canal (left). Otoscopic examination of the external ear canal demonstrating redness and swelling consistent with otitis externa (right).

Otitis Externa – Swimmer’s Ear

Otitis externa is inflammation of the external ear canal. Otitis externa has many possible causes: Bacterial: Bacteria can infect the outer ear when the skin is damaged. Moisture in the…

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Complications of Ear Piercing: Perichondritis and Ear Disfigurement
Figure 1: Perichondritis of the right ear that has progressed to chondritis (right). Note the discoloration, inflammation, and grainy appearance of the skin compared to the normal left ear (left).

Complications of Ear Piercing: Perichondritis and Ear Disfigurement

  Body piercing has become more popular and less taboo in recent years. With an increase in piercing there has been a concomitant increase in complications .One area particularly at…

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Earlobe Recovery After Gauge Piercings
Figure 1: A picture of an earlobe that has been stretched by gauge piercings (left). The patients ear after undergoing surgical reconstruction (right).

Earlobe Recovery After Gauge Piercings

  The enlargement or stretching of the earlobe is a custom that has been around for centuries. People have done this for a variety of reasons, ranging from religious practices…

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What is Cauliflower Ear?

  Around the mid-1800s, speculations arose regarding the condition of “cauliflower ear.”  Some thought it was a symptom of insanity, while others argued that it resulted from the insane hitting…

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